Let the memory of Atoza be with us forever
  • 71 years old
  • Born on August 22, 1943 .
  • Passed away on July 17, 2015 in Katsina-Ala, Benue, Nigeria.

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved father, Atoza Ihindan, 71, born on August 22, 1943. He was assassinated on July 17, 2015 in Katsia-Ala.

We will remember him forever.

Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 18th July 2018
3 years down this sad road. I lit a candle today also in memory of your goodness that was short lived through a sponsored assassination, it's been 3 years down this sad road, we will forever carry you in our hearts and doings. Rest on Dad.
Posted by Kamo Sende on 17th July 2017
2years gone. I send my heartfelt sympathies to Sir Terfa, Sir Kpamor and all the Atoza's. May God be with the soul of Hon. A. Ihindan Ngokya Abege.
Posted by Kamo Sende on 17th July 2017
2years gone. I send my heartfelt sympathies to Sir Terfa, Sir Kpamor and all the Atoza's. May God be with the sould of Hon. A. Ihindan Ngokya Abege.
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 22nd August 2016
"Hey my sweet loving gone dad, today started very bad, but i had a true smile on my face when i remembered its the day you came to this world, Happy birthday super Dad, if birthdays are celebrated in Heaven, ask God to give you the best and bless us like you would love Him to do, we love you, we miss you.. Live on pops"
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 19th July 2016
Only to remind you we will hold on to all you thought us, let your good will live with and in us. live on happily dad, we miss you, life has not been fair and good since you left, but your memories have being of great support. even as we carry on with life without you, let Heaven always keep you safe till we meet to part no more, we got the messages you sent to us and we are working on all of them. thanks for not forgetting us...we love you. REST ON DAD
Posted by Stanley Ityokumbul on 17th July 2016
Continue to rest in the Lord's bossom Chief, May God also in his infinite mercies continue to grant the family the fortitude to bear this Irreplaceable loss
Posted by ATOZA ORGEM on 17th July 2016
To a father I had on earth watching over me was taken by the bullet, now I know I have an angel in Heaven watching over me... I call him Daddy . A man whose been a light in so many lives. To a man who spent his 71 years in this life being whatever anyone needed at any time. A man who was extraordinary in a family that proved true love didn't just exist in fairy tales. A man who knew how to fix any problem you may have had without hesitation and would give you the shirt off his back to do it. To a man who walked into a room of strangers and could have people laughing in seconds and engaging in conversation effortlessly. To a man who gave everyone a chance, who said it like it was, and said it with love and only the best of intentions. A man who was a hero to so many and who changed so many lives for the better. A man who would wake up before the sun and work hard all day to come home to a house of 13 children, exhausted, and be ready and willing to play and laugh and be a father. A man whose physical strength was unlike any other but his emotional strength, the strength he held to his core, in the fiber of his very being, far surpassed anything else. A man who epitomised what it was to fight for what you want, what you have, and what you need but also reassured you that you would never fight alone as long as he was there. To a man you may have called an acquaintance, a friend, brother, son, husband, father, or grandfather...no matter what it was you called him he was always there to answer...And while this is so unfair and my heart aches, I am so blessed to have been able to call him DAD as I know my brothers and sisters are as well. I will spend forever and a day remembering him, missing him and never forgetting how lucky I am to have had him. I love you daddy, may you rest in the sweetest peace. August 22, 1943 - July 17, 2015
Posted by Haanya Atoza on 17th July 2016
A special dad is hard to find, You dad I'm keeping in my mind, I wished you could have stayed forever, But I will never forget you oh not ever. If dreams weren't dreams and dreams came true, I wouldn't be here I'd be with you. Distance is one thing that keeps us apart, But dad you will always remain in my heart. A special smile, a special face, a special someone I can't replace, I love you and I always will, You filled a space that no one will ever replace.#1dadForeverScars
Posted by Haanya Atoza on 17th July 2016
A special dad is hard to find, You dad I'm keeping in my mind, I wished you could have stayed forever, But I will never forget you oh not ever. If dreams weren't dreams and dreams came true, I wouldn't be here I'd be with you. Distance is one thing that keeps us apart, But dad you will always remain in my heart. A special smile, a special face, a special someone I can't replace, I love you and I always will, You filled a space that no one will ever replace.#1dadForeverScars
Posted by Haanya Atoza on 17th July 2016
A special dad is hard to find, You dad I'm keeping in my mind, I wished you could have stayed forever, But I will never forget you oh not ever. If dreams weren't dreams and dreams came true, I wouldn't be here I'd be with you. Distance is one thing that keeps us apart, But dad you will always remain in my heart. A special smile, a special face, a special someone I can't replace, I love you and I always will, You filled a space that no one will ever replace.#1dadForeverScars
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 9th March 2016
Daddy, Even today i lit a candle in my heart for you to help ease my pain, i cried to God once more, please Dad, remind HIM we are still hurting and we feel pained, how are you doing, i wish i could know and see how you are looking, i miss you. stay blessed and always remember to touch our hearts with kindness when we think of vengeance and pay back which you advised against, take care Dad.
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 9th November 2015
may God communicate our thoughts to you our loving assassinated father. we will always love you. rest on dad.
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 26th August 2015
A month,one week and two days gone, dad we miss you so so so much. Sometimes I wish I don't have to say it was Gods will then I remember the good things HE did to and for us like giving you to us as a million in one father. We know you watch over us from heaven were you are having a great life. The feel of this emptiness is killing some of us inside gradually even when we want to be strong and live worthily. Thank God for the exemplary life you lived.you deserve justice here on earth too, Let Gods amazing grace always be with your soul. We love you best. Rest on mydadmyhero
Posted by Kuma Atoza on 22nd August 2015
You were supposed to be 72 years today, but your life was snatched away by some evil men who felt and still feel they are God. Happy birthday father, you will forever be alive in us all. Miss you and love you always. Rest in peace.
Posted by Kuma Atoza on 22nd August 2015
You were supposed to be 72 years today, but your life was snatched away by some evil men who felt and still feel they are God. Happy birthday father, you will forever be alive in us all. Miss you and love you always. Rest in peace.
Posted by ERNEST GOMBE on 18th August 2015
Every day I think about your painful exit.Oh how I wish your death were a dream because the memory and reality of your departure is indeed depressing-TARGEMA
Posted by Dickson Dominic on 7th August 2015
I never got so close to you, but from the distance I could hear you loud and clear; you postion on issues as your knack for diplomacy always predisposed you to tenaciously hold your grounds against violence. I have enjoyed an uncanny friendship with almost all of your children which has afforded me the liberty of understanding the philosophy you held so very close to you. You truly deserved to die peacefully, yet the urchims, tore you away from our embracing hands in such a violent manner. Your demise has created a vacuum that can never be filled. This I say because, there can never be another Atoza Ihindan; at best there may be one like Atoza Ihindan. You will forever be in our memories, and be missed. Tribute by Dickson Mayoyo under the Pseudonym Dickson Dominic.
Posted by Dickson Dominic on 7th August 2015
Atoza Hindan! Atoza Hindan!! This world is so paradoxical and unfair. For crying out loud: Why would a man who has never subscribed to violence of any sort in his entire period of existence be murdered so gruesomely, in the most violent way? Nigeria, Benue, Tiv and particularly Sankera, has lost an irreplaceable son. Elder Atoza Hindan Ngyorkyaa Abege will forever be missed. Written by Dickson Mayoyo by the pseudonym Dickson Mayoyo
Posted by ATOZA ORGEM on 6th August 2015
Yes I saw you last night Daddy, and I heard your voice speak to me. It was a dream, so my friend told me but I strongly believe it wasn't. You told me not to worry about the perpetrators behind your death that you'll visit them yourself and ask them just ONE question, you also said God has already taken his stand. I wanted you to tell me how! but you insisted that it's best known to God alone. Standing in the rain with you and three of my elder brothers, very close to us like the eye lashes and the eye, you sang a Tiv song to us after which we all rushed to hug you, it was not possible though you stood very close to us. I then complained to you that we were tired and hungry and we needed to eat then you pointed your walking stick on us and said " Don't revenge for me, I can feel your pain and I see the anger in you, your prayers to God have been accepted and God is with you, use your strength now that you are young read and study the Bible carefully for it is the only gift here on earth". I wanted to ask you what about the peo...then your voice echoed "just three days left" then I realised my self on my bed. So sad... I'll forever miss you father. MayYourSoulRestInPerfectPeaceDaddy#AMEN.
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 3rd August 2015
We bleed from your silence and absence every day, we will fall back to the legacies you left. It hurts, knowing time may not be able to heal us and mend our broken hearts. See you again someday our dad our hero.
Posted by Dirichi Onyeukwu on 3rd August 2015
There are only very few people with a heart of gold just like you. Words truly fail me! You embraced my family and loved my sister like your own child. It's just a shame your life was forcefully taken away but in due time, Justice will be served. Keep resting in the Lord. Your legacy lives on!! Adieu Papa..
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 1st August 2015
15 days without you, the hurt seems the same. God shall give you justice even as HE is a patient God. Rest on
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 31st July 2015
I miss you, I have a feeling you are with us every day. Can't stop thinking about you. Be happy where ever you are. I love you
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 30th July 2015
When I was very young my mother told me that God can't lie, HE keeps HIS word because HE is God, if that's true then I rely on exodus 14:14. And I know i will see you again. Rest in peace my life's best gift.
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 30th July 2015
When I was very young my mother told me that God can't lie, HE keeps HIS word because HE is God, if that's true then I rely on exodus 14:14. And I know i will see you again. Rest in peace my life's best gift.
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 30th July 2015
When I was very young my mother told me that God can't lie, HE keeps HIS word because HE is God, if that's true then I rely on exodus 14:14. And I know i will see you again. Rest in peace my life's best gift.
Posted by Hemag Bede on 30th July 2015
In every situation give thanks,you were a loving and caring father it sad that the cold hands of death has taken you away from us, you will forever be in our heart.GoodNight
Posted by Debby Nongo on 30th July 2015
There is so much I will miss you for. Every moment I spent in your presence left a good and lasting impression. I wish I had enough time with you to let you know how much your acknowledgment meant to me and to soak up more of your special brand of parental love. Those bullets stole so much from us but your legacy lives on. I will constantly strive to excel, I remember how proud of me you were. I won't let you down.
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 30th July 2015
Your death brought weakness to our bodies but your memories strengthen our spirits every day. You lived a fulfilled life. You did a lot of things right, the judgement of you by your perceived enemies was not and still not who you were......We knew exactly who and what you were, what you stood for, what you believed in and always wanted. We will carry it all on. Rest on daddy
Posted by Kpamor Ihindan on 30th July 2015
Every day I wake up to a reality I wished never existed, your death has left me doubting everything in life including the faith I practice. Words and feelings can't describe how much I miss you, you can't be replaced dad, my heart is were I place you.the legacy you left will not be swept under the carpet, I cherish you even in death more than those who ended your life. Rest in peace with God till I see you again
Posted by Tim Boga on 28th July 2015
The Iroko has fallen. Words of Okonkwo in things fall apart was same words I used when I heard of the murder of this great leader. Questions without answers ran through my mind. All I have to say is Zadedoo, till we meet to part no more. Accept my sympathy Kpamor, shitile, chiila, kuma.
Posted by Raphael Anagbe on 28th July 2015
May the good Lord grant our dear father eternal rest. Till we meet to part no more.
Posted by Tim Boga on 28th July 2015
A man of honour. A great loss to Benue and Nigeria at large. Adieu daddy.
Posted by Ngufan Adamgbe-Aie on 26th July 2015
Its a big loss, so sad...Farewell Chief.
Posted by Bum Ihindan on 26th July 2015
U were a rare gem, dis incident reminds me of malcon X, Martin Luther King, Bola Ige, Mko Abiola & a host of others. U wer a hero, a blessing to ur generation, how can it be explained dat u are no more? U wer a shinning star, clothed wit humility & excellence. D cloud dat brought rain on several farm lands, D news of ur death sent shivers down d spines of mortals who came across u, Our world crumbled wen u left, but God knws best. Sleep on our father, we wil meet again.
Posted by Wueseter Ahungwaor on 26th July 2015
You indeed were a father... The tears and cries of your children, friends and loved ones for justice on your behalf will see the light of day. Rest assured you left a legacy in your children for generations. Rest in the bossom of the almighty till the trumpet sounds.
Posted by ERNEST GOMBE on 25th July 2015
I wish it were a mere rumour. The reality of the death remains painful to me.His death is indeed a great loss. My father,Peter Ityokoso Ikyobo is a lonely man without him.May God comfort our hearts.
Posted by Vquetorea Harkhimien on 25th July 2015
I thought it was all a joke when I heard about it, I wanted to believe it is but the sadness in the voice of the messenger made me realize it was no joke, though I never got to know you but your going away has left a void that would never be replaced, you are greatly missed #rest in peace sir #
Posted by Abigail Izam on 25th July 2015
Although I didn't get the honour of meeting you personally, your legacy and undeniable humility continues to shine through your children. Thank you, Sir, for being a bright beckon of hope and faith to many. Thank you for being a trendsetter and a God-sent example of a leader. Thank you for not following the trends of a deeply wounded society. Thank you for the lives you've touched just by being yourself. And Lastly, Thank you for your indescribable strength and for living a life driven by purpose and worthy of recognition and praise, to say the least. The perpetrators of this great injustice will surely know no peace. You will be greatly missed and May you continue to rest in the bosom of the Almighty.
Posted by Verr Gloria on 25th July 2015
U were a great man, even in death u still are..ur death is still a shock not just to me but d entire nation, u lived a fulfilled life its so unfortunate that u left d way u did but I know God has given u medal of honour better than we would have ever given u in this wicked world.. Ur memories will live on. Rest on daddy.
Posted by Ihindan Kaha on 25th July 2015
How could it be explain! That you a raising Icon cloth with humility and excellence exemplary in words and deeds devoted to the service of humanity with a track set of selflessness could be strangulated by the cold hands of death thereby shattering the hopes of Benue people dispersing the clouds that could have brought rain on katsina ala people and benue at large. It hurts to say goodbye and I can never say goodbye sleep on daddy I love and miss you mydaddymymentor
Posted by Shimz Nazy on 25th July 2015
This is a fragment of the legacy of truth imparted to me by our father, Chief Atoza Ihindan (MFR). The words imparted were no mere transmission of information. It involved a whole life of proclamation and demonstration of wisdom uncommon. You led a life worthy of emulation. You were and indeed died a great Man. Your legacies in all spheres of life shall outlive you, sire. You were an astute politician, a great manager of human and material resources, a unifying pedestal and a rallying point for your family, friends and associates. Your killers shall know no peace. Tears shall never stop dripping from our eyes until justice is done. miss you immensely. Adieu Baba...
Posted by Ordi Azer on 25th July 2015
I received the news of the death of Baba Atoza Ihindan with Shock and grief,his death is a blow to us all and his absence will be deeply felt for he has leaved a vaccum that can never be filled.My words cannot fully express the sorrow I feel after hearing about the death of Baba,I will forever treasure the wonderful times we had.May God strengthen the entire family of Baba Atoza Ihindan as we come to terms with the death of their father and may they find courage to face the days ahead without Baba.Please accept my sincere Condolences.
Posted by Tessy Ndum on 25th July 2015
A special dad is hard to find, You were a real dad to many, I wished you could have stayed forever for some of us to see you, But I will never forget you oh not ever and that is because u brought someone very dear into this world, you are indeed a special dad and we will all miss you especially for those of us who did not get to meet you. Goodbye our rose May you ever grow in our hearts You were the grace that placed itself Where lives were torn apart Goodbye our rose From a family lost without your soul Who’ll miss the wings of your compassion More than you’ll ever know And it seems to us you lived your life Like a candle in the wind Never fading with the sunset When the rain set in And you footsteps will always fall here Along our lovely home Your candle was burned out Your legend ever will.
Posted by Kimbir Tarnongo on 25th July 2015
Kimbir Tarnongo Just like Christ dint deserve to be nailed on the cross u dint deserve to die by a gun my daddy. Every drop of ur blood is going to hunt does that shaded it for the rest of their miserable "life’s" the earth will spit them out of its mouth, their fame will become their shame, whatever they touch their blood stained hands to do will fail, their own blood will turn acidic and burn them till they confess, the pain their family will see will double the pain they coursed me. except I don’t serve a living GOD
Posted by ATOZA ORGEM on 25th July 2015
Everyday I feel like "if I had one wish" I Keep dreaming,hoping life's still same because it's better for me, how bitter the truth sounds to accept the sudden changes. People say you were loving caring, peaceful and so on some say you were wicked, evil and selfish, I say you were "a just father" only heaven can write your complete chapters. Six (6) times you were shot, they took your body and made your presence absent to infinity but your SOUL he'll keep. Daddy, you will forever be missed. I Love you Dad!!! Exodus 14:14 'The Lord shall fight for you and ye shall hold peace'. Rest in Peace Daddy. MyDadMyHero
Posted by AKER TARNONGO AONDONA on 25th July 2015
Tribute To My Father-In-Law You probably don’t see many of these kind of tributes. In this day and era, it is more common to trash in-laws and put down the extended family than to thank God for them. But, today, I want to thank God for my father-in-law, Rt. Hon. Chief. Atoza Ihindan MFR. He won’t be able to read it. He’s home in heaven with God, but I want God and others to know of my appreciation for him. I’m thinking about him today more than most other days. I thank God for him for many reasons. First and foremost I thank God because he was an authentic believer in Jesus, and a Christian father. He lived his faith in the way he treated people, in the way he did family, in the way he did politics, the way he articulated the Tiv agenda, the Benue project with such historical anecdotes. I thank God for the way he led his family. I spent a lot of time in his home. He led his family in the right way. He loved his wives’ deeply, and it showed in the way he treated them. He cared for his thirteen children and six grand children far beyond the ordinary. He loved them, disciplined them firmly (tough dad though) yet gently, worked hard to provide for them, had fun with them, taught them, laughed with them, modeled the Christian faith to them, and played games like long tennis with them. He was the best possible dad and a great example to me. I thank God that his love was not limited to his own family. Most of the times I was a guest in his home, there were others present like The politicians of all class, famers, widows, students, community mobilizes, men with good intentions and the ones with bad intentions too, like your Killers (Assassins), We were fed, loved, and treated as part of the family. I thank God for the way he treated me. I’m his son-in-law; probably the only but you can essentially drop the “in-law” part. He treated me as a son and accepted me into the family. When I had intentions of contesting for the Benue State House of Assembly seat in my constituency in Gboko west (Gbemacha), this is what Mallan (as his fondly called by some of children) said to me: Go on Son, in politics it’s a win or lose game, but for sure you will always be remembered. He loved us both, continued to treat me as a son, and encouraged us (wife) to work things out. I don’t want you to think he was a perfect man; only Jesus has lived a perfect life. But when he made a mistake, he admits. I admired him for his honesty and integrity even when he made a mistake. And, mostly, I thank God because of the daughter he raised. She is in many ways like her father. From him (and from her mom), she learned honesty, integrity, gentleness, the value of hard work, the importance of family, and the need to live life as a Christian in all ways. I am benefiting every day from Rt. Hon. Chief. Atoza Ihindan MFR, contribution as a father, because I can see his many characteristics in my wife. I can’t tell him this today, because he’s not here. But I can and do thank God for him! Adieu Rt. Hon. Chief. Atoza Ihindan MFR.
Posted by Atoza Mimidoo on 25th July 2015
We try to understand the phenomenon TIME. We all seems to elude us all. Father the good times, jokes, your advise and love, yesterday you were here with us, today you are not and then in a twinkle of an eye you were gone poof! We miss you a lot and forever [RIP] MyDadMyhero
Posted by Adamu Nanret on 25th July 2015
Saying goodbye forever is what we all hate to say. I will rather say goodnight sir. I didn't have the opportunity to know you fully, but your reflections is what i see in your family. You gave them a great heart, a generous self, and a lovely personality. Sir your personality speaks even after you've gone. Rest in the bosom of the Lord sir. "Nanret Magret Adamu Suwa"
Posted by Iorshase Dede on 25th July 2015
The few times I met u were filled with words of wisdom and challenge. My observation of your family and surroundings showed you were a loving and discipline father. I am a witness that the legacy you have left behind is on solid ground and will flourish and prosper on this earth foreover. You have done well Sir, rest in the bossom of the Lord. Amen

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